Well, it’s been a BUSY year here on ATW.
Top-line. We have posted 4580 items for your consideration. I reckon we must be one of the most prolific blogs on the net. We have had 1.7m hits over the year and a dedicated monthly unique readership of some 50,000 folks, from around the world.
I wanted to say a few words about my fellow writers.
First, the Brits. Pete Moore has been a stalwart on ATW in 2009 and has produced excellent posts on a range of issues, with the economy being a particular strength. Mike Cunningham has published hist first book and I will be reviewing it in January. Andrew McCann continues to be an anchor on ATW providing some very thoughtful commentary. Alison posted earlier in the year and was key to the redesign of the site, her presence is missed by me in these latter months but I understand the reasons.
Stateside, it’s been a strong year. On the East coast, we have the erudite Mahons who has consistently delivered astute and witty content. It was my good fortune to meet him in October and I cannot thank him enough for all he has done for ATW. I am convinced I will persuade him to become a cheer-leader for “Palin in 2012”! Phantom has also been busy this year posting on the blog and has made a really positive impact. It was my pleasure to meet him again this year, and his larger than life presence is much appreciated. Then there is the power-house of Grizzly Mama and Troll – my dear old friends who I met some years ago now. I always enjoy their honest and gutsy contributions to ATW. Moving across the State, Daphne has moved on in 2009 but still visits us and she is always insightful, witty, and classy. Then moving to to West Coast, we have the elegant and decent Patty. Her posts are another plus on the blog and it was my pleasure to finally get to meet her. She is as charming in real life as in her writings.
And then – there is YOU, dear reader. You are what makes this all worthwhile and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for clicking the button and coming here! Without you, this would be much less interesting so a shout out you, as Obama might say.
2010 will prove to be a challenge for us as we seek to keep ATW in a league all of it’s own. I can guarantee it will bring further change in ways you may not expect but hey, that’s part of the fun.
So – to all those who come here – supporters and critics – many thanks for 2009!